July 28, 2016 archive

MOWA Sprint Cars Fly Into Macon IL Speedway Saturday

Last Year’s Show Resulted In Photo Finish

With racing at Macon Speedway, there is definitely no down time.  After the show of the year on Tuesday night with the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, attention turns quickly to the wicked fast Neal Tire MOWA Sprint Cars.  In their only visit of the season, the MOWA Winged Sprints finish up their Illinois Sprint Week at Mighty Macon.

It all begins on Wednesday night, July 27 with the Illinois Sprint Week opener at Peoria Speedway.  The field of stars then travel to Quincy Raceways on Thursday night before heading to Jacksonville on Friday.  It all comes to an end with the Sprint Week finale on Saturday night.

Last year’s MOWA show at Macon was an absolute thriller as Adam Jones and Parker Price-Miller mowa sprint week flyerbattled it out, trading the lead in the final laps.  The war also included a 360 spin but the green stayed out which added to the thrilling finish.  Eventually, it was Jones, from Wright City, MO who claimed the win by inches over Price-Miller.

This Saturday’s appearance will see Big 10 Pro Late Models, POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets, Beach House Micros, and Hornets in addition to the winged sprints.

Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, local division pill draw ends at 5:50, hotlaps begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission will be $18 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway online at www.maconracing.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and date rates apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000.

Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials.

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Jeremy Nichols Sweeps Top Events At Christian County Fair Race

Lovington, IL Driver Continues His Strong Season

One time a year, drivers in central Illinois get the opportunity to race at the Christian County Fair and Taylorville IL Speedway.  For a short time during the afternoon, it looked like the Larry’s Service Center NAPA Tripleheader may not take place after a strong storm brought heavy rain through the area.  After a lot of work, about one foot of water was pumped off of the frontstretch and racing went on as planned.

The first feature on track was the West Sand & Trucking Sportsman 20-lapper.  Timmy Dick and Dennis Vandermeersch brought the field to green with Dick going into the lead.  Eventually, mixed with a couple of cautions, division frontrunner, Jeremy Nichols, was able to take second from Vandermeersch.  At that point, the Lovington, IL driver set his sights on the race leader and it didn’t take long for Nichols to wrestle the top spot away to cruise to victory.  Following Nichols was Dick, Vandermeersch, Troy Medley, and Danny Smith.

Up next was the Midwest Big Ten Series Street Stock feature event.  In this race, Nichols got to start from the pole with Jason Scrimpsher alongside.  Nichols jumped out into the early lead after a couple of failed starts for spins in the field.  Darrell Dick, who started eighth, had a great run, moving through the field to settle in the second spot.  Terry Reed moved into third, with Jeff Reed, Jr. grabbing fourth.  The biggest mover in the race was Chris Dick, who started 19th and worked his way to fifth before the checkered fell.  None of those drivers, however, had anything for Nichols, who went two-for-two on the night.

The final race of the night was the smoothest and cleanest event of the evening, the Hornet feature.  Outside polesitter, Jeremy Reed, raced into the lead and never looked back, though, Dustin Reed was within striking distance as he filled in for Tony Reed.  In the race that went caution free, Rafe McKenna, Marty Sullivan, and Mike McChristy completed the top five.

All-in-all, the Larry’s Service Center NAPA Tripleheader was a huge success, considering the torrential rains that the fairgrounds received earlier in the day.  The event was presented by GSI, Dekalb-Asgrow, Sloan Implement, and Brent West Sand & Trucking and was run under the direction and rules of Track Enterprises.

Larry’s Service Center NAPA Tripleheader Results

UMP Sportsman – 1. J24-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington]; 2. 22-Timmy Dick[Monticello]; 3. 25-Dennis Vandermersch[Arlington]; 4. 62-Troy Medley[Festus, MO]; 5. 98-Danny Smith[Argenta]; 6. B99-Tim Bedinger[Taylorville]; 7. 77-Patrick Hawkins[Imperial, MO]; 8. 21-Brad Bedinger[Taylorville]; 9. C4-Chris Soutiea[Peveley, MO]; 10. 12M-Terry Myers[Buffalo]; 11. 41-Scott Landers[Taylorville]; 12. 72-Tom Graham[Stonington]; (DNS) 15-Joe Strawkas[Buffalo]

Midwest Big Ten Series UMP Street Stocks – 1. J24-Jeremy Nichols[Lovington]; 2. 22X-Darrell Dick[Monticello]; 3. 5-Terry Reed[Decatur]; 4. 52R-Jeff Reed, Jr[Blue Mound]; 5. 22D-Chris Dick[Deland]; 6. 44J-Jeremy Madsen[Pawnee]; 7. 28-Greg Osman[Bloomington]; 8. 55S-Jason Scrimpsher[Decatur]; 9. 23Z-Shawn Ziemer[Boody]; 10. 3T-Kevin Lewis[Decatur]; 11. 17-Jamie Suddarth[Mt. Zion]; 12. 67-Rudy Zaragoza[Jacksonville]; 13. #1-Terry Reed, Sr[Decatur]; 14. 14-Charles Biesenthal[Athens]; 15. 08-Brian Dasenbrock[Decatur]; 16. 45-Luke Force[Argenta]; 17. 22-Dave Crawley, Jr[Decatur]; 18. 72W-Kaleb Wood[Sullivan]; 19. 4-Phil Taylor[Illiopolis]; (DNS) 21R-Dustin Reed[Blue Mound]

UMP Hornets – 1. 33-Jeremy Reed[Decatur]; 2. 1R-Dustin Reed[Decatur]; 3. 15C-Rafe McKenna[Pana]; 4. 39M-Marty Sullivan[Decatur]; 5. 66-Mike McChristy[Mt. Zion]; 6. 13R-Ryan Barton[Taylorville]; 7. 64CK-Cook Crawford[Lincoln]; 8. 1X-Buck Amos[Kincaid]; 9. 21M-Joe McChristy[Mt. Zion]; 10. 50-Ben McChristy[Mt. Zion]; 11. 35W-Austin Wickline[Harristown]; 12. 87-Ryan Cantrell[Decatur]; (DNS) 04-Steve Stine[Stonington]

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